Updated: Jul 14
Offering breathtaking coastal views and overlooking the iconic Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, DRIFT welcomes Chef Lewis Lane - one of Scotland's burgeoning culinary talents - as part of the big changes they're making ahead of their re-opening later this month.
Inspired by an up-cycled shipping container that was being used to serve tea in Bristol, husband and wife team Jo and Stuart McNicol put together DRIFT’s unusual structure and combined their experience – Stuart’s background is in farming, and Jo worked in hospitality – to create a truly unique place. They started off simply in 2018, initially only serving coffee and cake but have since grown as a business, going on to offer brunch and lunch menus focusing on seasonal Scottish produce. Now after growing demand and an influx of visitors, DRIFT are set to expand their horizons and offer a brand new indoor dining menu.
After several stints at prestigious hotels and restaurants across Scotland such as Timberyard, Borthwick Castle, and Paul Kitching's 21212, Lewis has extensive experience within the hospitality industry and is set to lead the cafe in a new direction, delivering a brand-new menu including three course meals.
DRIFT'S unique selling point has always been their mission to serve excellent, homemade food using as many local or Scottish ingredients as possible. Alongside founders Jo and Stuart, Lewis has expertly crafted a Scandinavian-inspired menu with a twist, utilising the freshest Scottish produce with a focus on land and sea in homage to the cafe's enviable coastal location.
This new Scandi-twist sets them apart from any other establishments in the local area. Frequent diners at DRIFT are not to worry though, classic menu favourites still remain, such as the famous DRIFT roll and cake selection.
"It's a really exciting time at DRIFT just now as we welcome Lewis to the team." explain's co-owner Jo, "A new menu and different offering has been on the cards for a while as we've had so many requests from customers. We're confident with Lewis at the helm that we will deliver and exceptional offering which will both surprise and delight our visitors".
Lewis, born in Stornoway, hopes to shine a light on Agri-tourism and showcase the finest Scottish ingredients with his new menu at DRIFT, inspired by the venue's coastal backdrop. "Jo and I have been working on this new concept for a while now," he explains, "I'm excited that we'll soon be open to the public and be able to get their feedback on the new dishes that keep Agri-tourism and authentic ingredients from the great Scottish larder at its core. Living and working by the sea is certainly in my blood, so we've incorporated this into the menu as we are so lucky to have such amazing fresh seafood and local produce right on our doorstep. Throughout the process we would find produce which we wanted to use and then base the dish around the one ingredient and I think it works, it’s important to take inspiration from your surroundings.”
The business is still looking to grow its kitchen team as the kitchen has now been expanded to cope with demand expected throughout summer.
Guests can continue to make use of the recently refurbished outdoor facilities too, which include lunch benches to fit the whole family offering unrivalled ocean views, or potato boxes overlooking Quarrel Sands beach and beyond.